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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Administrator's Companion by The Microsoft SharePoint Community Experts, Bill English

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Understanding the Default Databases and Changes from the Database Structure in SharePoint Portal Server 2003

The installation of SharePoint Server 2007 implements many changes to the database structure, particularly when compared to SharePoint Portal Server 2003. As part of the reduction in resource overhead of a portal, setup creates only one content database for each Web application, unlike the three databases that were created for each portal in SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

The Configuration database, which was always central to a farm, has taken on many new important roles. One major shift you will see is that the configuration database must be backed up for disaster recovery. In SharePoint Portal Server 2003, the configuration database ...

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